Fortenberry Statement on Air Force’s Decision to Not Select Offutt Air Force Base for New Drone Mission Control

Jan 12, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) today made the following statement following the Air Force’s decision not to select Offutt Air Force Base as the preferred location to base a new mission control for the MQ-9 Reaper drone group.

"This is obviously disappointing news for Offutt, in light of the many advantages it would have offered for this new mission. Nevertheless, thanks to its military expertise and robust service model, Offutt is well-positioned to compete as new mission opportunities arise," said Fortenberry, whose district includes Offutt Air Force Base.

In addition to this action, the Air Force is also considering another location to host an MQ-9 location that includes up to 24 MQ-9s, launch and recovery elements, a mission control element, a maintenance group and support personnel.

Last year Fortenberry assembled the Offutt Air Force Base Task Force to provide oversight of the runway replacement process, which resulted in a commitment to provide adequate funding for the runway repairs. This will better position Offutt for future mission opportunities.

Congressman Fortenberry is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.